AGL 2021 Port Stephens Art Competition Catalogue.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

Jellyfish

Etching

Bev McKinnon-Matthews 

50 cm x 35 cm

Artist Statement:

Original aquatint etching. 

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Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

Nelson Bay Baths - 1935

Acrylic

Emma Bowen

35 cm x 35 cm

Artist Statement:

Having grown up on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, I have lots of childhood memories of swimming in the local rock pools. When I moved to the bay 10 years ago, I heard stories about the old ‘baths’ that the area once had.

This prompted me to look online for the history of the swimming baths, where I found this old photo of people swimming in the Nelson Bay baths in 1935.

It was of course in black and white which made for a bit of creative imagination to turn it into a more colourful scene.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Big Rocky Track

Acrylic

Kathryn Weight

Artist Statement:

My work focuses on natural beauty that may present itself in many different forms. When I paint my focus may be a spectacular tree or a lovely bunch of flowers, ballet dancers, or a lovely face.

When I make jewellery using various metals and recycled materials beauty may be found in a patina or a fabulous Murano glass bead. My endeavour is to produce work that is modern, happy and peaceful and that evokes a feeling of joy.

By my choice of familiar subject matter, the use of colour and depicting natural forms, I hope people make a connection on one of these levels 

Dimensions

35 cm x 35 cm

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Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

Port Stephens Community Art Gallery

Watercolour

Judith Jones

80 cm x 40 cm

Artist Statement:

The Arts Centre buildings were originally constructed in 1942-43 as a Naval Training Centre named HMAS Assault. In 1945 the Sick Bay was turned into a small hospital ward of about 10 beds.

 

In 1949 the buildings housed the first arrival of European Migrant workers with the Sick Bay reopened as a hospital and the first baby being born in December 1949. The hospital continued to function until 1981.

 

The buildings were handed over to the Port Stephens Cultural Centre, subsequently Community Arts Centre in August 1981. A wonderful heritage within tranquil gardens.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Angophora Dreaming

Oil on Canvas

Pauline Bothe

Artist Statement:

These beautiful trees have been respected for years in our wetlands, woodlands, and forest; still today we are preserving the beauty that our ancestors once loved.

 

The trees and woodland provided shelter, food, and medicine for the Worimi people and we too should continue to respect the history of the ancient landscape left to us and listen to the stories of our elders past and present.

 

These beautiful Angophora trees seem to whisper their own individual stories to me of the land while l paint, they can grow to 15m-25m tall, so they have many things to say.

Dimensions

90 cm x 60 cm

Price

$650

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Title

Medium

Ancestor Dreaming

Oil on Canvas

Price

$450

Artist

Dimensions

Pauline Bothe

46 cm x 92 cm

Artist Statement:

Tomaree headlands it is rich with cultural knowledge and “stories” of the Worimi People. The stories are told by our elders past and present promoting the history of the Aboriginal people and these stories must continue to be heard, protecting our heritage, and connecting to the land as they did.

 

I proudly paint beautiful Angophora trees also with their twisted limbs and large expanding trunk base while connecting and listening to the stories that the forest is telling me about their ancestors that lived in this historical area and hope we can continue to enjoy and keep our history alive.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

Gum Leaf

Mosaic

Janet Mackintosh

32 cm x 32 cm

Artist Statement:

Port Stephens has an abundance of precious habitats. You can see the importance of this environment to the community by their efforts in sustainability and conservation. One such effort was for the Koala habitat close to the Mambo Wetlands.

 

The mosaic gum leaf represents the importance of keeping their already limited habitat, not reducing it. The vibrant colours and variety in materials illustrates the variety of community members that came together for this issue. This piece is formed on a handmade substrate with a mixture of glass, beads, wood, ceramics, shells and stone.

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45

Title

Medium

Pushing Headland Boundaries

Acrylic 

Artist

Dimensions

Therese Smith

91 cm x 61 cm

Artist Statement:

The bold juxtaposition of colours in this painting conveys the complexity of balancing sustainability with competing demands.

 

Tomaree Head’s natural, cultural and social history has high archaeological and conservation value. Any land use changes to Tomaree Head including Tomaree Lodge, particularly given its place within Tomaree National Park, raises questions about how best to honour this area’s significance as well as provide an amenity for people now and into the future.

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Price

$525

Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

Free to Flow

Alcohol Ink on YUPPO

Helen Love

150 cm x 51 cm

Artist Statement:

Jellyfish are a Molluscs and play an important role in the oceanic food chain and ecosystem. They are carnivorous and feed mainly on comb jellies, zooplankton and other jellyfish.

 

The larger varieties feed on crustaceans and other marine organisms. Jellyfish contain 95% water and come in a broad range of colours, shapes and sizes. Their tentacles catch drifting food and put it in their mouth.

 

Unfortunately, they also catch drifting plastics and rubbish. They are found in every major ocean but primarily the Pacific and Australia’s coastal waters. They rely on a clean, non-polluted environment.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Seabreeze

Artist Statement:

Pencil/Watercolour

Michael Verran

The junction of Government Road and Stockton Street is situated in Port Stevens most prominent township of Nelson Bay. This picture, titled SEABREEZE, encapsulates progress at this junction.

Depicting life in the early 1950s to seven decades later - 2021. Please reminisce and enjoy the old and the new at the Seabreeze Hotel.

Dimensions

44.5 cm x 62 cm

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48

Title

Medium

Artist

..ad infinitum

Mixed Media

Heather Marchioni

Dimensions

60 cm x 60 cm

Price

$390

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Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

The Diver's Helmet

Concrete/Steel

Rick McDonald

76 cm x 52 cm

Artist Statement:

I have always enjoyed the creative process and for many years worked with clay. While I enjoyed working with clay the challenge of using concrete was something I wanted to experience.

 

The strength and durability of concrete offered an opportunity to make large sculptural pieces that would endure the elements. The Helmet is a steel frame, concrete, cement and brass, hand sculpted, carved piece completed in 2020.

 

Living in the bay has been the catalyst for this sculpture which I hope reflects the bravery and determination of people to explore under the sea.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Octopus

Artist Statement:

Mixed. Wood, Rope, Shells, Sand

Rebecca Cavanagh

Made from reclaimed wood found on the coastline of Port Stephens. Octopus was inspired by these fascinating creatures that inhabit the area. Did you know that an octopus has three hearts, nine brains and blue blood?

Price

$460

Dimensions

53cm x 69 cm

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Title

Medium

Artist

Whale Season

Artist Statement:

Mixed. Wood, Rope, Shells 

Made from reclaimed wood and ropes found on the coastline of Port Stephens, Whale Season celebrates the annual visit from these wondrous creatures and brings awareness of our responsibility to keep our oceans and coastal areas clean.

Rebecca Cavanagh

Dimensions

73 cm x 63 cm

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52

Price

$450

Title

Medium

Artist

Dimensions

Sammy the Seal

Mixed Media

Bev Bush

60 cm x 78 cm

53

Title

Medium

Artist

Life on the Reef

Mixed Media

Bev Bush

Price

$950

Dimensions

97 cm x 77 cm

54

Title

Medium

Artist

Whale of a Time

Oil on Masonite

Jackie Wilson

Price

$950

Dimensions

98 cm x 82 cm

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Title

Medium

Tin City

Oil on Masonite

Artist

Jackie Wilson

Price

$950

Dimensions

61 cm x 120 cm

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Title

Medium

Time and Tides

Acrylic

Artist

Dimensions

Annette Rumble

40 cm x 80 cm

Artist Statement:

Port Stephens is a renowned fishing paradise steeped in history, which is the inspiration for ‘Time and Tides’. 

 

An abundance of fish provided the indigenous people of the port with plenty of food and since early European settlement, the strength of the port's fishing grounds has been recognised by amateur and professional anglers.

 

‘Time and Tides’ depicts the flow of past to present, with the need for government intervention in order to preserve this important aspect of the port's history. Various materials have been collaged on my artwork to create visual interest.

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Title

Medium

Mullet Run

Watercolour

Artist

Dimensions

Molly McCauley

45 cm x 100 cm

Artist Statement:

For this artwork I created a triptych using the medium of watercolour on paper with simple recycled picture frames that move from old fashioned to more modern as the piece progresses through time.

 

The salient image is of the mullet and the impact upon it from all humans. Illustrated in the artwork is the progression of fishing techniques - ancient through to modern as they become more indiscriminate and less sustainable.

 

I also wanted to show the fish’s uniqueness and unassuming beauty.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Gymea Lilies

Artist Statement:

Ink on Paper

Karen Wilgar

I created this work from drawings that I had done whilst I was sitting at Gan Gan lookout last year. It is an investigation of my relationship with my natural surrounds and also a commentary of this.

Dimensions

50 cm x 30 cm

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Title

Medium

Artist

Dolphin Frenzy

Acrylic

Geoff Belshaw

Price

$490

Dimensions

91 cm x 91 cm

Artist Statement:

A wonderful common sight in the bay, particularly off the bow of the Hawks Nest Ferry.

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Title

Beacon of Hope Port Stephens

Medium

Oil on Canvas

Artist

Dimensions

Penny Amberg

108 x 30.5 x 3.5

Artist Statement:

Port Stephen Light is a heritage listed, active lighthouse located on Point Stephens, east of Fingal Bay. Operational since 1862, its flashing light of safety at night and during rough storms is a beacon of hope.

 

It has its own signature light - four white flashes every thirty seconds - which mariners can still use today to plot safe passage.

 

Every day on my walk to the headland, I check on the lighthouse - a reassuring daily ritual in these strange times.

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Title

Medium

Artist

In a New Light

Acrylic on Canvas

Penny Amberg

Dimensions

31 x 41 x 4

Artist Statement:

 Lighthouses have always been architectural/ engineering feats using cutting technology of the time. Port Stephens Light is no exception - designed by the NSW Government Architect in the mid-1800s when the original light source was kerosene lamps, later replaced by electricity and solar power with batteries.

 

In a pop art style, this piece views the Port Stephens Light in a different way, transcending its ‘heritage’ values, seeing it in a different light.

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Price

$290

Title

Port Stephens Attraction

Medium

Acrylic

Artist

Dimensions

Ashleigh Price

16 cm x 20 cm

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Title

Medium

Artist

Shoal Bay Country Club

Acrylic on Canvas

Nadine Watkins

Price

$175

Dimensions

30 cm x 40 cm

Artist Statement:

When I reflect on the history of Port Stephens my mind happily settles on the SBCC. It was one of the first meeting places in this area.

Fascinatingly the original lodge was only accessible by boat and to see its transformation over the years has been delightful.

My first memories, back in the late 80’s, with the clock tower, the blue marlin mural and the famous promenade room buffets make me terribly nostalgic.

For this exhibition, I captured it in its current form, as no doubt at some point, it too will become part of its history.

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Title

Medium

Artist

The Blue Marlin

Acrylic on Canvas

Nadine Watkins

Dimensions

18 cm x 14 cm

Artist Statement:

The marlin is iconic to this specific area of Australia as it happens to be one of the few places in the world where they are plentiful.

 

I remember during the fishing comps of yesteryear, these mighty fish, often likened to the lions of the sea, being strung up at the weigh station at Nelson Bay Marina.

 

Thankfully these days they’re predominantly catch and release, but as sea temperatures rise these majestic creatures appear to be heading further south.

SOLD

65

Title

Medium

Artist

The Lone Watchman

Acrylic

Lorna Bennett

Dimensions

91 cm x 91 cm

SOLD

66

Title

Medium

A Native Conservatory

Soldering Iron, Pencil, Watercolour Pencil and Acrylic on Paper

Artist

Abbie Barr

Dimensions

42 cm x 39.5 cm

Artist Statement:

I wished to bring the iconic coastlines of Port Stephens to life – they have so much more significance than their panoramic beauty.

 

The sheltered, protective environment of the bay, like a nursery, fosters native, sustainable growth.

 

We see this in initiatives for recovering koalas, regeneration of native plants at the Worimi conservation lands, Irukandji shark and ray rescue centre, and National Parks promoting sustainable tourism – their celebration is key to the longevity of the bay’s natural attractions in the future.

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Title

Medium

Last Stand

Acrylic on Canvas, Triptych

Artist

Lisa O'Donnell

Price

$600

Dimensions

30 cm x 150 cm

Artist Statement:

Here on the Tomaree Peninsula we live within an incredibly beautiful and amazing ancient forest. It supports a huge and diverse range of flora and fauna.

 

It filters the water we drink. Many of its trees are hundreds of years old. 

 

This artwork is a celebration of the beautiful trees of this forest and to remind us of our responsibility to look after the precious ones that remain.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Spinifex in the Sand

Photography

Nicole Kearney

Price

$490

Dimensions

90 cm x 60 cm

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Title

Medium

Artist

Heads' under Water

Oil on Canvas

Yvonne Wilkinson

Dimensions

51 cm x 40 cm

Artist Statement:

This artwork explores a number of current issues affecting the world environment with a local context. It plays on the human and marine life perspective to highlight the impact on the unique and complex beauty of life in Port Stephens.

 

It challenges the audience to reflect on which view dominates their behaviours - is their view from above or below the waterline. By bringing a glimpse of the impact behaviours and decisions now are having on marine life and all life in the future, the audience is left to drift in thought to what may await their environment in the future.

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70

Price

$1,200

Title

Medium

Artist

Where the Flannel Flowers Grow

Oil on Canvas

Sally Reynolds

Dimensions

101 cm x 76 cm

Artist Statement:

During COVID I have been exploring the Tomaree National Park and extending the time I spend painting en plein air within this beautiful area.

 

On one such walk I came to a secluded glade amongst the angophora and paperbark to see the first of the Flannel Flowers blooming.

 

I did some quick studies so as not to forget the moment and returned home to capture it in oil.

 

As an artist I hope to make others more aware of the importance of not harming our natural environment or depleting its resources so as to enable long term ecological balance.

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Title

Medium

Artist

Birubi Reflection

Artist Statement:

Plastic Bottle Tops on Canvas

Amanda Sutherland

I created this artwork because I love the area and to recognise the Traditional Owners, the Worimi.

 

Birubi literally means Southern Cross. Over the past 30 years I have removed rubbish from the beach and the dunes, including a large number of bottle tops which I have used to produce this artwork.

 

My design is loosely based on traditional Indigenous (Aboriginal) dot painting. The headlands and middens are represented in green. I hope you enjoy my artwork as much as I enjoyed creating it!

Dimensions

120 cm x 80 cm

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72

Title

Medium

Artist

One Moment in Time

Artist Statement:

Oil on Canvas

Kay McFarlane Smith

The painting ‘One Moment In Time’ aims to capture a small glimpse of place in the historical context. It is a ‘slice of Heaven’ barely changed since discovery to this point, but fragile and susceptible to degradation.

 

‘One Moment in Time’ was developed from a number of images taken on a helicopter flight over Port Stephens. 

 

 

The colour palette is intuitive and quite unlike the original photo which did not capture the vibrance or energy of the day. I have attempted to inject my own feelings into the context, endeavouring to allow time to stand still.

Price

$1,600

Dimensions

100 cm x 75 cm

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Entry withdrawn.

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Title

Catalina Crash 1942

Artist Statement:

Medium

Artist

Acrylic

Michael Francis

Dimensions

38 cm x 75 cm

This amphibious aircraft based at Rathmines crashed off Jimmy’s Beach in 1943, killing seven crew members.

I have shown both engines shut down as if it is gliding, hoping to make a perfect practice landing at Jimmy’s Beach.

 

In the background is Tomaree Head and, opposite it, the steep side of Yacaaba Head. The remains of the plane are rumoured to lie on the ocean floor.

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75

Title

Medium

Artist

Tomaree 'n Yacaabar Maiden

Artist Statement:

Thought to have been the figurehead of the infamous Privateer ss 'Fecundity'. 

David Matheson

Dimensions

35 cm x 20 cm

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Title

Medium

Artist

Guardian of Small Treasures

Artist Statement:

Origin Unknown.

Found in the seabed off Nelson Bay.

David Matheson

Dimensions

60 cm x 40 cm

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The Tomaree Museum Association Incorporated aims to develop a  regional museum and interpretative centre to document, protect and promote the history and changing natural environment of Port Stephens.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF TRADITIONAL CUSTODIANS

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